# Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Willow

It seems like yesterday when we got Willow and Merlin, two little balls of fur that quickly cemented their places as part of the family. In reality the years have flown by without me realising quite how old Willow was getting. Sadly we lost her brother at only 9 months old but Willow went on to have a long and happy life. We lost her suddenly last week when she had a fit which she didn’t recover from. Where those 14 years went I don’t know but I’m going to miss my old friend. Rest in peace Willow.

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We are eating a lot of soup at the moment, firstly to cut waste by using up the extra vegetables that get left at the bottom of the fridge but also to try and save a bit of money. This is one of my favourite soups. It uses 1 leek, 1 potato, a stock cube and garlic salt. Quick and easy all the ingredients go into the soup maker and once cooked 100ml of cream is added. It really is very good.

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# Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Its rare I find time to eat out these days as getting time away from the children can be difficult. When I do I tend to try and eat thing that I wouldn’t normally cook at home.

I recently went to the Giggling Squid a Thai chain that has recently opened an outlet in Sevenoaks. The menu was as expected mainly stir fry dishes and curry. I ordered the seared scallops to start. They looked so good that I had to take a photo before tucking in. Perfectly cooked with a slightly hot chilli sauce on the sauce, my only criticism would have been there was a little much salad for my taste.

12096495_10156373800955508_7560370987744934161_nFor the next course I chose the grilled lamb chops which were described as very hot. It certainly was a dish that required a ready supply of available water but was really tasty and well spiced. All washed down by a couple of glasses of good merlot, I couldn't find anything bad about the food or the service. My bill came to a fairly reasonable £40 including wine.

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# Friday, October 16, 2015

Having lived in Sevenoaks for most of my life I have been following this story with interest. It was finally announced yesterday that Sevenoaks will get a new grammar school. It will be the first new grammar school in Britain in 50 years, something which has caused a great deal of controversy and has been hailed as a backwards step by some.

Looking at the story purely from a local perspective Sevenoaks has needed a grammar school for some time. Children locally who are lucky enough to pass the eleven plus and get into a grammar school, currently do not have a local option. The only available schools are in Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge, a 30 minute bus ride ride away in rush hour traffic. The new school, in my opinion will fill a much needed void, although it will initially be a girls school only, it will be widely welcome by Sevenoaks parents. I would hope by the time my children start to local at secondary schools it will have expanded to offer places to both and girls and boys. There is no much pressure on school places in Sevenoaks, that the opening of a new school can only be a good thing.

posted on Friday, October 16, 2015 1:59:04 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 08, 2015

We were recently lucky enough to have very cheap tickets for Lego Land so took our two children for the day. At aged 3 and 2 I must admit I was not really expecting there to be much for them to do, although having researched before hand I could see there was a number of age appropriate rides which raised my expectations.

On reaching Lego Land it was immediately apparent that the day was going to be filled mainly with queues, something my small children have little patience for. Every ride had a queue of at least 30 minutes, something that would work with older children but best avoided with the under 5’s. We headed for the adventure playgrounds which were very good and spent some time on a few of the rides aimed at very small children, a helicopter ride and a little train, plus the carousel. In all for the entire day we managed 3 rides, the adventure playgrounds and a buffet lunch which was included with the tickets we had.

The children really enjoyed themselves although were disappointed to see rides they couldn’t go on due to the queues. Personally I would not pay the exorbitant ticket price of more than £200 a family for this day out but for the £20 we spent on tickets it was a an ok day out. I would, however, have been disappointed to have paid the full price and only managed to go on 3 rides for my money. The concept of Lego Land is good but in practice it is overcrowded and overpriced, a better day out could be had elsewhere for half the money.

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# Friday, August 28, 2015

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We eat a lot of chicken and this is one of the nicest ways to cook it. A simple marinade of crushed garlic, lemon juice and herbs. Roasted in the oven for a couple of hours it really is lovely.

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# Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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photo3This makes a really good mid-week meal and is enough to feed the family for 2 days. I cooked the pasta then made a basic white sauce. Added half a block of blue cheese into the sauce. Chopped up a pepper and some broccoli. Put it into the dish and stirred in the sauce. Topped with a little more blue cheese. It takes about 35 minutes to bake in the oven. Not only do I like the fact that its quick and cheap to make its also a very good way of getting my son to eat vegetables.

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# Thursday, June 04, 2015

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This is probably one of the nicest things I have made recently and also one of the easiest. I roasted the cherry tomatoes in the oven drizzled in a little olive oil for about 20 minutes. Then made a risotto by frying a little butter and onion with the rice before adding in about half a pint of chicken stock and a cup of nice white wine. The tomatoes and a handful of fresh coriander were stirred in at the last minute.

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# Thursday, May 21, 2015

Its asparagus season again and the third year since we planted ours in the garden. The harvest is small but every few days we have a handful of asparagus spears ready to eat. They are so good they need little done to them, so we have been lightly steaming them or eating them topped with a poached egg. They really are something special.

posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:23:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback